Shooting photos "wide open" means setting your aperture to the widest point. This is a good setting if you do want to focus on a piece or portion of your subject, and have the rest of the photo be a dreamy, soft blur.
But let's take this a little further.
When shooting wide open you have to remember that it is your proximity to the subject that will dictate your depth of field (how much of your image is in focus). So using the ever reluctant Harry, below are a series of photos taken at different distances from Harry.
There are many creative things you can do by photographing with a wide open aperture (in this case at 1.8 for my 50mm 1.8 lens). It's often suggested that you use a tripod to keep the camera extremely steady when shooting at the widest aperture level, because the slightest movement can cause problems. I did not take the time to set up a tripod, so my images are not "tack" sharp, but for the purposes of illustration in today's blog, they work.
Let's see what others did this week with wide open lenses. The blog circle is waiting. Start with Susannah Maynard and Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati, the San Francisco Bay Area, and destinations nationwide. I hope your weekend is grand!